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Jonathan Chatwin

twohundred-pound advance. Tom Maschler’s hopes for the nomad book winding paths 27 were high: ‘I do just want to put into writing that I am convinced it will be an important book. Important in the way The Naked Ape was important … I very much look forward to the first chapters of the book just as soon as you can manage them’ (US 140). A month after signing his contract, Chatwin embarked upon a research trip to Afghanistan with his friend Peter Levi, a poet and Jesuit priest. Levi, who had organised the trip, was travelling to investigate the influence upon Afghanistan

in Anywhere out of the world
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Genet our contemporary
Carl Lavery

’s France, divided by racism, and increasingly paranoid about the presence of the large North African population in its major cities, Genet’s late theatre has lost none of its profound political and aesthetic significance. Indeed, if anything, its power seems to have intensified, a fact which is borne out by the recent interest in staging his work in Paris since the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq by US and UK troops. 1 Two decades after his death, Genet remains the poet of the dispossessed

in The politics of Jean Genet’s late theatre
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Shalimar the Clown
Andrew Teverson

during the Cold War have also brought new forms of history into being that were now bearing fruit in regions such as Afghanistan and Kashmir. Shalimar , in this sense, adds other elements into the mix of South Asian politics that were not – could not have been – present in Midnight’s Children : the globalisation of the power of the United States after the conclusion of the Cold War, and the evolution of new ideologies of violence such as those given their most grotesque embodiment in the attacks on New York in September 2001. The resulting difference is that where

in Salman Rushdie
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Daniel Lea

’t expect to be, a kind of self-loss that is as puzzling to him as it is distressing. Luke Campbell searches for personal illumination amongst the lights of Blackpool’s Golden Mile, struggling to rationalise the loss of control that caused him to murder a group of Afghan children, whilst his grandmother slides towards a forgetful senescence beside him. Bawn and Tambini are imaginatively distorted by the environments in which they have been raised: Maria is the product of a pushy, hyper-critical mother whose determination to make the most of her daughter’s talent destroys

in Twenty-first-century fiction
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A mythology for every man
Jonathan Chatwin

’ (61). Chatwin has become an emblem of a certain means of existence, a high priest of restlessness: ‘The whole of Chatwin’, writes John Verlenden, ‘is a How-to book for disgruntled, would-be money culture dropouts’. Such influence would have almost certainly displeased the author. In a letter to Elizabeth from Afghanistan in 1969, Chatwin wrote: ‘I am fed to the back teeth by the happy hippie hashishish culture, ( jail is the answer)’ (US 145). Chatwin’s work, as has been seen, treats restlessness as an ‘affliction’, despite the noted ambivalence of the definition

in Anywhere out of the world
Charles Allen

terrifying vision in which he foresees the destruction of Islam – and all the other great religions. It is a crude poem, understandably repudiated by its author, The young Kipling’s search for God but nonetheless represents a first stab at understanding the dominant religion of Lahore. During this same spring of 1885 Kipling was given his first serious journalistic assignment – reporting on the visit to India of the Amir of Afghanistan in March and April 1885 – which began with a series of traumas, including an encounter with hostile tribesmen in the bazaar in Peshawar

in In Time’s eye
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Sara Mills

developed. It may be that the shift of focus in contemporary theoretical circles will be towards other forms of theory and the interest in colonialism and the post-colonial will wane, simply because the theoretical framework is inadequate. However, I believe that that we must continue to focus on the colonial, particularly in this era of American colonial intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq and other countries within the so-called ‘axis of evil’. We need to remind ourselves of the continuities between American and British military aggression in relation to other

in Gender and colonial space
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Family, gender and post-colonial issues in three Vietnam War texts
Marion Gibson

In June and July 2002 four wives of soldiers serving with US Special Forces were murdered by their husbands, three of whom had recently returned from service in Afghanistan. A major’s wife, too, has been arrested in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (home of the Special Forces), for killing her husband. Two of the men subsequently killed themselves, and twelve children were thus bereaved

in Gender and warfare in the twentieth century
Riding with Charles Olson
Iain Sinclair

terrains fit only for cyber-people. The public men are so smooth, they’ve trained themselves to absorb consensus, the opinions of others. They have no morality of their own, beyond immediate gratification. They are weeping and apologising for everything that’s nothing to do with them, anything that’s happened twenty or thirty years ago. They’ll apologise for the War of the Roses and the Black Death but ignore Iraq and Afghanistan. Olson is locked away in his cabin in Gloucester, in Fort Square; a community of Sicilian fisherman looking out over a working harbour. It is a

in Contemporary Olson
Dan Jacobson

warning to all monument-builders never to take for granted anything about the future they would not live to see. Remarkably enough, it was in South Africa, near an inconsequential place in the Orange Free State by the name of Karree Siding, that Kipling actually found himself under fire for the first time. His readers would have been much surprised had they learned that this was the case, for by then he had won world-wide fame for what he had written about soldiers and soldiering in India, Burma and Afghanistan. In his last book, Something of Myself, a ‘partial

in In Time’s eye